- Crimson Romance
- Release Date
- April 2013
Shamed investigative journalist turned tabloid scribe Maggie O'Connell convinces her editor to let her go to Minnesota to research alleged werewolf sightings. Her first night in the woods, she gets trapped in an ancient sleeping bag, unintentionally attracts the attention of a bear, and is saved by the most unlikely of heroes: the very wolf she had come to investigate!
When she meets horse rancher Aidan Gael in the town market days later, she recognizes his eyes as those belonging to her champion. He dodges her every attempt to get to know him but undaunted Maggie launches a campaign to win over the recalcitrant Aidan.
Aidan tries desperately to avoid her; he both fears Maggie and fears for her. Neither man nor beast can resist her curious mind and courageous heart. One kiss threatens to break Aidan's tenuous self-control but furthers Maggie's resolve. However danger lurks at every turn. The curse Aidan fights to keep secret is only one of the obstacles that will test the strength of their bond. Together they will navigate the violence of both nature and of man in pursuit of their destiny.
Mar 01, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
177 people found the following review helpful
In FATED SOULS by Becky Flade, readers get an interesting new twist on werewolves, but the story often succumbed to random and unpleasant twists and turns, resulting in an unenjoyable reading experience. I give it 2 stars.
In the novel, Maggie O'Connell investigates a possible werewolf sighting in Minnesota, and amidst the gossipmongers, she meets and falls in love with the reclusive Aidan Gael, a wealthy horse breeder, and his wolf, Gaelach. Maggie figures out the werewolf's identity early, but stays to see if the connection she feels with Aidan and his wolf will become something permanent. Throw in some stupid, drunk hunters, a psychopathic ex, and a blindsiding personal surprise, and there are some hurdles to overcome.
Overall, this was an okay novel. The idea of the werewolf being a curse was intriguing. The main characters were sympathetic, and their drama elicits an emotional response. The relationship between Aidan and Maggie was mostly believable.
The main issues I had with the novel were the pacing and continuity, the speed and turbulence of which cause the novel to feel very shallow. The novel proceeds at a brisk trot mostly with some brief cantering, and I felt like there were many pieces to the plot puzzle that could have used some elaboration. Like a stone skipped across a pond, there is so much that happens between scenes that I often stopped reading mid-scene with a "Wait, what?" response.
There is a very brief interaction with a Native American woman at the mall, and the significance of that meeting is seriously underplayed, as is Maggie's own Native American heritage. I felt like that was an aspect to the novel that could have been fleshed out and added depth to the mystery. Also, the novel opens with Maggie camping out in the woods investigating the werewolf, but we don't learn anything about why she works for the tabloid until two-thirds of the way through the novel. It felt like I was just dropped into the deep end of the story without a life-jacket. There was just no background context for her situation, and as the story continues, there are many gaps of time that are not properly identified. So the reader doesn't really get an understanding of the timeline until much later in the novel when certain personal events begin to mark time for everyone.
There was also the issue of authenticity and continuity within scenes, and this is one of my pet peeves. The book opens with Maggie camping overnight. It's dark. There is no indication that she has a lantern or flashlight or anything else like that, yet she can see that the wolf has green eyes and sketches him often. Also the issue of seasons and sunrise/sunset times don't quite match. At one point in the novel it is winter in Minnesota, which means that "late afternoon" is dark, but the scene is portrayed as it being light outside. Then suddenly someone is saying that it is springtime. Huh? These kinds of things make the story feel so contrived as to be totally unbelievable, and it is distracting in the extreme for me. I have such difficulty paying attention to the plot when I'm battling annoyance because there's no way a person can observe the things this character is observing at the time and place the character is observing them.
Overall, the novel was okay, but it could have been so much better. Readers who love supernatural fiction in general might enjoy this, but werewolf lovers might not because it drastically diverges from the typical werewolf lore.
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